The first Board of Directors adopts a resolution of purpose, one the Mission’s leaders return to throughout its history:

“The object shall be the spreading of the Gospel by the conduct of a Mission in the center of the city.… The work of the Mission is, first, last and always, the saving of men. Therefore, evangelism is to be the central, fundamental and all-absorbing aim.... Our aim is not free meals, but freed men; not free beds, but freed beings.